Mets and Nationals benches clear after Francisco Lindor is speared


WASHINGTON — The Mets weren’t happy when Nationals pitchers hit them with pitches three times Thursday, and the level of anger rose when Francisco Lindor was harassed Friday night.

The benches and relievers cleared in a heated altercation that turned a baseball game into a shoving and shouting game in the fifth inning at Nationals Park.

Francisco Lindor is pierced in the face by Steve Cishek’s throw.
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Benches cleared during the Mets-Nationals game.
Benches cleared during the Mets-Nationals game.
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Benches cleared during the Mets-Nationals game.
Benches cleared during the Mets-Nationals game.
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With no one and Starling Marte in second, Lindor went bunt, but a fastball from reliever Steve Cishek came to his head. It was unclear exactly where the ball had touched, but Lindor hit the ground and the Mets – led by manager Buck Showalter – began to pour down the field while pointing at Cishek.

The sides pushed and jostled for a few minutes before they were pulled apart. Cishek was ejected from the game and Lindor left after being treated by a trainer.

Showalter said the Mets were upset when James McCann was hit twice Thursday and Pete Alonso was hit with a pitch that grazed his shoulder and hit the flap of his helmet.

Mets starter Max Scherzer hit Washington’s Josh Bell in the lower leg in the second inning on a chilly night, which may have affected how well pitchers could grab the ball.

“It’s dangerous,” Showalter said before the game. “If their [catcher] sets up under the batter and inside, you better have command in there. I’ve done this with launchers: if he doesn’t have a command, you can’t let him crash in there. Or you can’t let it do your club.

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